Months After Death of Leiby Kletzky, Borough Park Grapples With Protecting Its Kids

In Borough Park, Brooklyn, ultra-Orthodox Jews this week have been gathering and eating in outdoor huts called sukkahs. The festival of Sukkot is also dubbed zman simchaseinu — “the Time of Our Rejoicing” — but for some this year, it’s also a bittersweet time.

This past summer, 9-year-old Leiby Kletzky was abducted and murdered. His confessed abductor is scheduled to be in court next week.

Kletzky’s absence this year was noticed by a local schoolteacher named Simcha, who lives next door to Leiby’s grandparents.

“They used to sing in their sukkah, and we all used to listen to him,” said Simcha, who like many in the cloistered neighborhood asked that his full name not be used.


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